Greta Thunberg, the Sixteen-Year-Old Climate Activist, Who Knows Climate Change is Real
Greta Thunberg was born to Swedish parents in January 2rd, 2019. The sixteen-year-old girl is known globally for her work as a climate activist
Greta Thunberg, a sixteen-year-old climate activist, has been capturing the headlines for the past year. She was born on January 3rd, 2019 to a family of artists. Her mother was an opera singer while her father was an actor. Her grandfather was also an actor and director. She was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome existing on the autism spectrum. While it might come to limit many people from even the way they are viewed by society, it gave Greta Thunberg even more courage to view things differently and express herself in the most unconventional way. She considers her condition a superpower and not an illness.
Greta Thunberg was diagnosed with a neurodiverse condition in 2014
Climate change is one of the biggest crisis that we are facing today. While people are trying to be environmentally responsible and leave a better world for their future generations, the issue goes even deeper. Greta Thunberg tells that she heard of the global climate crisis in 2011 when she was just 8. Just three years later, she was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, and Selective Autism.
She started her activism from her own home changing the lifestyle of her family
Two years later, Greta started convincing her parents to bring a change in their lifestyle. She insisted them to become vegan and give up on flying. This meant her mother who was an international opera singer had to give up on her international career which she willfully did. According to Greta Thunberg, her parents’ support and belief in reinforced her self-confidence and the hope that she could bring a change.
Greta’s protests outside the parliament turned into a national movement
Greta Thunberg came to limelight in August 2018, when the 15-year-old decided to demonstrate outside the Swedish parliament urging the politicians for stronger climate action. Many other students who were conducting similar protests also joined her. All these students combined organized a large school climate strike movement which was named ‘Fridays For Future.’ She also addressed the United Nations Climate Change Conference and further uplifted the movement with continuous strikes happening on a weekly basis.
She has been featured by various publications
Known for her blunt and outspoken views, Greta Thunberg was featured on the cover of Time Magazine 2019 as ’Next Generation Leader’. Her work has also been featured in various documentaries and various publications. Greta Thunberg has also published a collection of her speeches called ‘ No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference’.
According to Greta,
‘Right now, we are ignoring natural climate solutions.’
‘We spend 1,000 times more on global fossil fuel subsidies than on nature-based solutions. This is your money, it is your taxes, and your savings.’
Greta Thunberg speaks for climate change not only in Sweden or Europe but around the world.
Greta Thunberg has proved that autism is not an illness but a superpower
With the advancements in technology and mental health research, children are being diagnosed with autism and other neurodiverse conditions more than ever before. While this advancement is heartening, it has also resulted in the labeling of children into the boxes which stereotype them. Children with neurodiverse conditions are considered to be of not much use to society as they need constant help. But Greta Thunberg has proved all those stereotypes wrong. According to Greta, her selective mutism has given her the courage to speak up when it is really necessary and considering the environmental crisis in the world, now is the time. Greta Thunberg thinks that her neurodiverse condition has helped her think out of the box which the world really needs at the moment.
Why does Greta Thunberg receive mixed reactions?
Bollywood celebrities also applauded young Greta for her outspoken views.
While many people including the celebrities have applauded the young Greta for her courage and farsightedness many people have also criticized her. Even the American President, Donald Trump could not stay away from mocking Greta.
Greta is currently in the United States where she delivered a moving speech at the UN Climate Summit.
She called out the world leaders for stealing her childhood and dreams. According to Greta,
‘The eyes of all future generations are upon you. And if you choose to fail us I say we will never forgive you. We will not let you get away with this. Right here, right now is where we draw the line.’
The American President also Snubbed the UN Climate summit.
While the American president’s flustering is understandable as Greta is criticizing the capitalist politicians, many common people also have an issue against the young girl. They feel her rage is unnecessary and uncalled for. They think she is working on a hidden agenda. The reality is that many people do not even acknowledge that climate change is a real phenomenon. According to Arabian Business, only 52% of UAE citizens believe that climate change is real and humans are responsible for it. In Spain, this number was 69% while it was 66% in Italy.
Greta Was Mocked by Many People
Fox News apologized for Michael Knowles called Thunberg a “mentally ill Swedish child.” Dinesh D'Souza, a conservative commentator, compared her to a Nazi. Sebastian Gorka, a military and intelligence analyst, said in a tweet that, "This performance by is disturbingly redolent of a victim of a Maoist “re-education” camp.The adults who brainwashed this autist child should be brought up on child abuse charges". Fox News has apologized for Knowles and social media has largely slammed them for their comments.